[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 14 December 2016

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 14 December 2016

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General Studies – 1;


Topic:Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

1) Examine the factors that led to India’s victory in the 1971 War against Pakistan. What were the outcome of this War? (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

2) What are the likely outcomes of a cashless society? Who will be the beneficiaries? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

3) What do you understand by bilateral investment treaty (BIT)? Recently India terminated its BIT with Netherlands and has also issued notices to around 50 countries to terminate BITs. How will this impact India? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;

4) Comment on the recommendations of Ratan Watal panel on digital payments.  (200 Words)

Livemint


General Studies – 3


Topic: Infrastructure – energy

5) Recently, the union government decided to waive off import duty on wheat. Why? How will this step affect farmers and traders in India? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express

Topic: Disaster management

6) Discuss what measures should be taken to efficiently manage disaster caused by tropical cyclones in India’s coastal cities. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Awareness in space technology

7) What are “Trojan” asteroids? Discuss the significance of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4


Topic: Ethics in human actions

8) Big Pharma is driven by profit motive and avarice. Are there any instances where one can argue in favour of Big Pharma? Illustrate on ethical grounds. (200 Words)

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